Perry jefferies

First Sergeant Perry Jefferies, USA-Ret


Perry Jefferies hails from Waco, the son of a long line of Army Veterans and Shirley Jefferies, creator of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.  He enlisted in the Texas National Guard in 1979.  He served as a cavalry scout at many levels of responsibility and deployed to Iraq as a cavalry first sergeant with the Army’s 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Iraq. He retired from the Army in 2004 and was awarded the Legion of Merit. He is a member of the Order of Saint George for service to Armor and Cavalry.

An original member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, he earned a President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007.  He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the Association of the United States Army.

He is married to Mistee Jefferies, a nurse and assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.  He is a graduate of Pierce College in Washington and a student at the University of North Texas, rides motorcycles and is a member of the Patriot Guard and Military Jeepers in his spare time.  He is the third manager of the TexVet Initiative for Texas A&M and is the proud parent of a Soldier.